We had the good fortune of connecting with Sauyee Tsang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sauyee, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up in a city dominated by the financial industry, pursuing a career in Art or Creativity was not a common option. It was more like a hobby or side business to me as well as many people in where I lived. However, painting, playing music, crafting, and making anything from scratch always soothe me. Doing makeup and hair for people is particularly enjoyable. I started when I was little and this was my day off activity until I was found.
I grew up in Hong Kong and got my higher education in the UK. The exposure to different cultures helps in many ways when I create. Having professional training in Bridal styling, make-up and Hair, I am blessed to have these opportunities working at weddings and photoshoots in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, US, UK, Italy, Iceland etc. In addition, participating as a stylist for a beauty pageant was also a blast. All these experiences gradually grow into a career of mine.
I enjoy creating things that are visually appealing and meaningful. Beauty makeup for weddings is my all time favourite and is comparatively personal. From my experience, it can be done well when you know the bride well because everyone has different preferences about beauty. A bride’s look is the synergy of the bride’s aesthetics and our skills. I love spending time getting to know my clients. The friendships we established are valuable.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Make-up and hair styling is just like putting on clothes everyday. And this is how you show respect to other people. It’s not only about covering your flaws but also showing your best.
My approach in styling is relatively natural to minimalistic. Especially for the bride’s look.
These kinds of looks are never easy. Many people think that it just means a little amount of makeup or less work. On the contrary, natural makeup looks need much attention to tons of details. Not to mention the tiniest adjustment of colours and much blending to enhance the natural contour without overdoing it.
I was first trained in Bridal Academy in Hong Kong. That was where I got my first client when reaching out for models for school projects. After a year of work at weddings, I enhanced my makeup skills with Zing the Makeup School, which was found by the best makeup artist in Hong Kong, and AOFM London, an international makeup school that continuously serves fashion weeks. I realised that learning from different artists and acquiring different beauty skills are very important in this ever changing world. Gaining the skills of lash lifting, micro-blading and skincare formulation allow me to provide better services to clients as well.
Specialising in wedding styles, planning and communication with the client is more important than ever. The rundown of the event, the lighting of the venue, the weather, the decoration, the outfits, the preferences of the bride etc need to be taken into consideration when deciding the look(s). Moreover, it can be very different for the look(s) to be seen with bare eyes and in different cameras.
I hope to tell people that you are all naturally beautiful in your way. Feel good about yourself. And feel even better with proper make-up and hair styled. Just like I said in my website, I wish my brushes are wands that apply fairy dust on you. Giving you not only the beaut but also lasting confidence and courage. Besides, the Art in makeup and hair is sometimes underrated. Just like painting, it’s way more than what products you use and how you apply the products. I think proper styling is a perfect way for ones to express themselves by their look and appearance. It translates who you are without words.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The magic hour in Los Angeles is my all time favourite. For a week-long trip, I suggest visiting the best spots to watch the sunset as much as you can, especially for photographer lovers. My top 3 locations are
Griffith Observatory – Beautiful architecture with a stunning night view of downtown LA.
El Matador State Beach – Perfect seaside spot with amazing rocky landscape
Santa Monica Pier – unobstructed view of the sun descending to the horizon on the pier or on the beach just next to the pier
As a big seafood lover, I look for good seafood restaurants wherever I go.
EMC seafood and Broad Street Oyster Company in Los Angeles are my go-to places for seafood if I am not craving for sashimi.
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